“Gray’s godless mysticism asks us to look outside ourselves and simply see. This is a lot more difficult than it sounds . . . Sometimes I think John Gray is the great Schopenhauerian European Buddhist of our age. What he offers is a gloriously pessimistic cultural analysis, which rightly reduces to rubble the false idols of the cave of liberal humanism.”—Simon Critchley, The Los Angeles Review of Books
“[Gray's is] a powerful message, and not without elements of profundity. And it is conveyed with eloquence of language and dignity of thought.”—Robert W. Merry, The National Interest
“Gray’s fans should find much here to please them. The range of literary, historical and philosophical extracts—from Conrad and Zweig to Borges and John Ashbery, and from Nietzsche and Freud to Robinson Jeffers and Czeslaw Milosz, to name only a few—is broad and deep. Gray’s own utterances are by turns characteristically dark, audacious and outrageous.”—Caspar Henderson, The Telegraph
“Silence of Animals is a beautifully written book, the product of a strongly questioning mind. It is effectively an anthology with detailed commentary, setting out one rich and suggestive episode after another, each of which becomes only more suggestive by the juxtaposition.” –Philip Hensher, The Spectator
John Gray is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including The Immortalization Commission, Black Mass, and Straw Dogs. A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, he is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics.
John Gray picks up the Nietzschean hammer in this book to smash the idols of "progress", "humanism", "rationality", "Pauline Christianity', and all... Read morePublished 9 days ago by sully
Gray introduced me to Schopenhauer. I recommend reading both seriously. Grays analysis here and elsewhere on human folly and cognitive dissonance are worth considering. Read morePublished 3 months ago by baroque listener
Different ideas sell no matter you agree with or not. John Gray is a shameless pessimist that may turn the last light off over your head and turn your room to bleak dark. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Azizoglu
Like looking into a clear pool of water.But, ho(!), at the bottom is a turd.Published 3 months ago by Mike
Because he makes me think.
John Gray writes from a view of chaos, darkness, the human condition. Read more
Miserable outlook. Here is an author, in the words of Bob Dylan, "Trying to drag you down into the hole that he's in"Published 8 months ago by P. Riddle
If you haven't read Straw Dogs, read it before you read this book.Silence is an interesting book but I think it's essentially a footnote or appendix to Straw Dogs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JAK
A thought-provoking read. It is pretty heavy stuff but is none the less highly rewarding. Manages to disprove the "myth" of progress (to a large extent)Published 9 months ago by Kugan